KARACHI: Chairman Businessmen Group & former president Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) Siraj Kassam Teli has requested all political parties including PTI, PPP, PML-N, MQM and others to set aside their differences for the sake of Karachi which is the industrial, business and financial hub of the country, contributing more than 70 percent revenue to the national exchequer yet the city remains deprived of basic infrastructure facilities therefore, they (the political parties) must work collectively for this city.
Speaking as chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of 16th My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony Exhibition at Karachi Expo Center on Friday, Chairman BMG added, “Instead of creating hindrances, let every political party do the work in the interest of Karachi while PPP should embrace all of them which, if done, would certainly go in favor of Karachi and its citizens will surely be benefitted.”
Sindh Minister for Local Government Saeed Ghani, Vice Chairmen BMG Zubair Motiwala and Anjum Nisar, General Secretary BMG AQ Khalil, President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, Senior Vice President Khurram Shahzad, Vice President Asif Sheikh Javaid, Chairman Special Committee for My Karachi Muhammad Idrees along with Consul Generals of friendly countries including USA, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Russia, Philippines, Thailand, Qatar and Kenya etc. attended the inauguration ceremony while Former Presidents KCCI, Exhibitors and other important dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
On behalf of Aqeel Karim Dhedhi who was also present at the inauguration ceremony and also on his personal behalf, Siraj Teli offered to sit in between both the political parties at the Federal and provincial governments as mediators for resolving their differences and for the sake of betterment in Karachi.
Siraj Teli said, “Many people say Karachi is mini but I don’t agree with them and I always reiterate that Karachi is Pakistan as without Karachi there is no Pakistan.”
He commented that although the law and order situation has improved but the infrastructure, particularly roads all overs the city were in a pathetic state which require special attention. “We have been contributing 70 percent to the national exchequer and we don’t mind contributing even 90 percent but we need basic infrastructure particularly roads, gas, electricity and water etc. Therefore, all political parties should be on one page as far as the infrastructure improvement in Karachi is concerned”, he added while underscoring the need to release enhanced funds for the development of Karachi.